Try the Mediterranean and global restaurants of Melbourne Carlton. Situated a little north of the centre of Melbourne, Carlton is a multicultural district, although the dominant atmosphere is southern European. In fact, the area of Carlton around Lygon Street is known as Melbourne's Little Italy. With the highest concentration of Italian restaurants in Melbourne, Carlton is obviously the place to head if you are looking for authentic pasta dishes or a thin-based, wood-fired pizza. Italian restaurantsdon't have Carlton entirely to themselves though, and there are several alternative cuisines on offer in the main avenues and side streets of Carlton.